The Associated Press
LONDON — Liam Neeson is to have an out-of-body experience in an out-of-this world tale.
The actor is slated to narrate a touring musical version of "War of the Worlds," appearing onstage as a hologram.
The musical is adapted from composer Jeff Wayne's 1978 album, which featured the late Richard Burton narrating the tale of a Martian invasion based on H.G. Wells' novel.
Wayne plans to release a new version with updated music next year, followed by a British arena tour starting in December 2012.
Neeson said Friday he was flattered to be offered the role, because "I loved Richard Burton and I loved his voice." – but said he wouldn't be imitating the Welsh star's tones.
He said "I had to put that aside and focus on the text."
Check out some other holograms through the ages:
Brad Paisley performed a duet with Carrie Underwood by beaming her onto the Tampa stage as a hologram.
Five years back, Damon Albarn's virtual band "Gorillaz" opened the 2006 Grammys as holograms, and shared the stage with a holographic Madonna who eventually morphed into the real deal.
In the current Japanese version, Miku-underlings Kagamine Rin and Kagamine Len perform as fully-realized holograms that aren't projected onto a screen, marking the first instance of 360 degree holographic technology.
Another unbelievable Japanese hologram! This scary guy emerged from Tokyo Bay as part of an ad campaign for the Loch Ness movie, "The Water Horse."
Alexander McQueen's 2006 Paris spring show ended with a hologram made by Baillie Walsh and directed by McQueen, in which Kate Moss twirls in outer space in a cloudy organza gown that rounded the room on a living model after its virtual show. It's not technically as sophisticated as Kagamines Rin and Len, but when we're talking cloud dresses in space, does that matter?
Live on, in a hologram.